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Postgraduate Course: Digital Design and Manufacture Dissertation (PGEE11217)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryStudents undertake a significant piece of project work under the supervision of a member of the academic staff within the School. The duration of the project will span a period of several months. Students are encouraged to generate their own project outline, subject to approval from the School's Teaching Committee; alternatively students may choose to develop a project from a list of titles supplied by a member of the academic staff. Projects may also be carried out in collaboration with industry. The project is advanced through deployment of accepted engineering and research practises.
Course description Dissertation work begins at the start of the second semester, when the general topic and area of research are selected and agreed with the allocated Supervisor. Student and Supervisor should meet in the second semester to discuss the dissertation topic. The Student is expected to take the time to start researching the literature and think about appropriate methods to carry out the research, following which he or she must submit a Dissertation Mission Statement by the end of the second semester after approval by the Supervisor. The main phase of the dissertation work starts immediately after the May examinations. By mid-June, a Dissertation Seminar will take place, during which students present their plans for Dissertation work and expected outcomes. By the first week of July, each student will have arranged and taken a one-to-one interview with their Dissertation Thesis Examiner. Around mid-August, the Dissertation Thesis must be submitted by the specified deadline. Finally, students are required to prepare a Dissertation Poster and present it at a dedicated session for the whole class a week after submitting their thesis, which is the final part of their Dissertation Project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 4, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 502 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework %: 100
Feedback Mid-term formative feedback exercise, in-person feedback during individual workshop exercises, feedback on formal individual assignments given within 15 days as well as class overview feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Carry out and manage a significant piece of project work, within a framework of time and resource limitations;
  2. Demonstrate a high level of professional communication skills through writing a substantial final dissertation, through interim reporting and demonstrations;
  3. Perform a rigorous literature review, making use of a wide range of library resources via traditional and online catalogues, including collections held within the University of Edinburgh libraries and through interlibrary loans, etc;
  4. Demonstrate an increased level of awareness of the importance of organizational and time management skills;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop original research or design work in the area of digital design and manufacture.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Sam Tammas-Williams
Course secretaryMiss Catherine Davidson
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